Free DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS CD Soundtrack With Any Slasher Studios Purchase

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We are celebrating a slashing Christmas in July with presents all month long. The next five people to order anything from the Slasher Studios site will receive a FREE Dismembering Christmas soundtrack with their purchase! This is only while supplies last and a $15 value so make sure to pick up yours today purchase of any of the items below!

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Don’t forget to also pick up a Dismembering Christmas Limited Edition Tee!
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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The I’s, J’s, and K’s of Horror

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On a brand new Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield & Andrew Beirl dig back into the ABC’s of Horror and giving you their recommendations for horror movies that start with the letters I, J, and K. It’s definitely a gory good time as they return to horror school to learn a little horror alphabet rules.

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Politics Can Be Murder: THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR (2016) Review

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Following the events of the previous film, Leo Barnes is now working as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan. Roan is now running candidate for President along with Minister Edwidge Owens. Roan seeks to end the annual Purge and Owens seeks to make it stronger. Seeing Roan as trouble by the new Founding Fathers, she becomes a target on Purge night.

When the original Purge came out, I was pretty excited to see it due to the cool concept, unfortunately it was a massively let down that didn’t make proper use of the concept, and instead gave us a boring home invasion story with boring and unlikable characters. When the second film came along, it was massively better by getting out in the world and giving stronger and more likable characters, as well as further insight of the brutality of the Purge. With this film, it conveniently comes out the year of our own election. In turn, the two runners for the election in the film basically reflect Trump and Clinton. It’s hard not to notice that similarities and political propaganda that basically beats you over the head. Nonetheless, it still works in the themes it tries to represent and manages to work it into an entertaining story. The odd thing with this film is that it hardly feels like a horror film, with the exception of a few (and for the most part effective) jump scares, it plays out much more as an action film. Anarchy had a combo of both horror and action, the original, while the worst one, was definitely horror. So it seems odd that as the films go on, they seems to distance themselves from the horror genre. Right from the beginning, the film does a fine job of keeping you hooked through the whole film. We are given characters to root for, and enough insight on these characters to actually know them. This is one film where you won’t see the hashtag “Purge So White”, when in fact there are more characters of other races as lead characters than white Americans. While the characters were likable, I grew tired of the character Leo. Understandably, given his background he’s all about being serious and not joking around, but he’s do damn serious the entire time that he doesn’t have a rounded enough personality. That said, he still is likable enough for a heroic character. One thing I also loved about this film is that it has great humorous moments that were used at the perfect points in the story. And it has to be said that it has a solid score that really sets the tone for its thrilling sequences.

The whole cast does a fine job, but the two actors who stood out the most to me were Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson. Mitchell plays Senator Roan, initially I thought I was going to be annoyed by her considering she was a political person and all for doing good, but in the long run she came off as a real person and not as moralistic as I expected. Though I wish she was given more emotional moments to work with and some ass kicking scenes, I feel Mitchell would have owned it. Williamson (most famous for playing Bubba in Forrest Gump) hands down was the best in the film. He gets to kick plenty off ass, and has much of the best dialogue (funny and serious) moments. In fact, he’s the character you root for the most with the determination and integrity Willamson gives off.

The Purge: Election Year is a sequel you would think would be nothing but boring political propaganda, and while it is political, the script is well-written enough to make it work for a thrilling and action packed film with solid performances and likable characters.

–Cody Landman

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Hypnotically Skin Deep: THE NEON DEMON (2016) Review

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Jesse is a young teen who dreams of making it big in the world of modeling. Moving to Los Angeles, she believes she has a chance. But she slowly begins to realize that the world of fame and beauty is much darker than she thought. As more begin to praise her for her beauty, the further Jesse follows the path of darkness in not only herself, but in the world she’s entered.

This new drama/horror film is presented by Nicholas Winding Refn who brought the beautiful thrill ride that was drive. This time around, Refn stays with the beautiful drama, but adding in horror to the mix. The film itself isn’t entirely horror, but instead it’s a drama that follows the path to horror along with the character Jesse herself. The film is gorgeous too look at with the bright neon colors, and the craft of lighting, but also the chilling and at times beautiful score by Cliff Martinez. If this wasn’t an independent art film, and had been a script adapted for modern audiences, this could have a super predictable film. While the story is more less been seen before, it’s much more serious in the fact that we follow our lead character so close in her changes and her world that we really get a grasp on everything she’s experiencing. When the final act comes around and it becomes a full-on horror film, the shift is just pure shocking and we are left thinking, what in the hell is happening. It’s not that it’s random, but because we can’t believe it went as far as it does, despite the fact that we’ve been following the path to this from the get-go. To me, the ending was perfectly dark and disturbing and should have ended with the bathroom scene. That would have been a huge punch in the gut, and an even darker way to end it. However, everything after the bathroom scene fall into the category of very over-the-top and just plain silly.

Elle Fanning delivers a beautiful and haunting performance as Jesse and does a marvelous job of showing Jesse’s gradual changes through the film as we see her change before our eyes. It is this performance that genuinely shows she has a great future ahead of her (even though her breakout role in Super 8 already did show this). Jena Malone’s performance as the mysterious Ruby who befriends Jesse provides her best performance yet. Malone perfectly captures the mystery of this character and keeps us guessing whether we can trust her or not.

Neon Demon is a beautiful film in every aspect in terms of script, cinematography, score, direction, and acting. I wish I could say I loved the film, but sadly, the silliness of the film’s ultimate ending really hurt this one for me. But when it’s all said and done, it’s a wonderfully crafted film that true film lovers will appreciate.

–Cody Landman

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Deep, Deep Trouble: THE SHALLOWS (2016) Review

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In hopes of reconnecting spiritually when her deceased mother, Nancy visits a hidden beach in Mexico and spends the day surfing. Unfortunately, she ends up in the feeding ground of a large Great White Shark. Suddenly, Nancy finds herself stranded on a large rock in the ocean, not very far from land, but the shark has no plans on letting her leave.

In wake of the cheesy and not even remotely serious shark films we’ve seen on the small screen, and following the disaster that was Shark Night, we are given a new shark film for the big screen. This film, directed by Juame Collet-Serra, is a thrilling survival film that breathes new life into the shark horror subgenre. It’s definitely not a body count film like most shark films, although there are a few deaths. This is purely a single person survival story. For the most part, the shark is kept hidden throughout the film until well towards the end. This doesn’t ruin the film in any way. Although I do have a problem with CGI shark, and especially the horrible CGI dolphins. Sure, it was a small budget film, but I was hoping for better. That aside, the scene with the shark are very intense.

As for us being stuck on a rock with our main character the whole time, it works just fine, because she really doesn’t stay on the rock the whole entire time. She tries to use her wits to try escape, but fails several times, and thanks to the short running time. The thrills are there but what I felt the film was lacking was dramatic depth, it had a little bit thrown in, but they could have given our lead character much more background in order for us to see her become stronger. Instead all we get is that her mom died, and as a result she drops out of medical school. Had it shown how genuinely her mom’s death affected or some other type of event, the drama could have been used to make the character of Nancy, while very likable, but more rounded. However, my biggest complaint comes in the final action sequence in which Nancy faces off with the shark. It does have all the ingredients to make this sequence thrilling, but at the end of it, it had me groaning with how far fetched it was in the sense that no one would think of doing the things her character did. I just find it hard to believe that humans are that smart, and it just made the character seem slightly less realistic.

Blake Lively carries the movie perfectly. I admit, I thought she was a very lame actress on Gossip Girl, but as her actual filmography grew, the more she’s come to impress me. She can easily play the strong female lead with ease, and with the little dramatic scenes she does have, she does make you feel for the character. Oh, and she has great chemistry with her seagull companion Steven Seagull.

The Shallows, despite its disappointments, is the shark film we needed to revive the subgenre. It’s beautifully directed, acted, and thrilling. Let’s hope we can get more shark/aquatic horror films like this, and less like the SyFy channel crap we’re getting too used to.

2.5

–Cody Landman

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The G’s of Horror

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On a brand new Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield & Andrew Beirl dig back into the ABC’s of Horror and giving you their recommendations for horror movies that start with the letter G. It’s definitely a gory good time as they return to horror school to learn a little horror alphabet rules.

Slasher Short Review: NIGHT OF THE SLASHER (2015)

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A young woman scarred literally from an attack by a killer seeks revenge. In order to do so she commits all of the major horror sins in order to lure the killer to her.

This short film was written and directed by Shant Hamassian, and perfectly uses a solid blend of comedy and horror. The direction is thrilling and fun, with the opening shot feeling very Tarantino-ish, and some POV shots resembling Carpenter’s Halloween. But what I loved most about Hamassian’s direction is the excellent quick cuts during the killer’s attack, and the score is chilling and really sets the mood. The script contains a great amount of wit and thrills. It plays seriously at some points, but then has instances where it does a fine job of poking fun at slasher films. For instance, the mask of the killer is a jab at the William Shatner from Star Trek mask used for Michael Myers (won’t give it away, but it’s perfect). The only real dialogue is from the male character who arrives at our lead’s house. This role is played by Scott Javore who’s credited as “The Bait”. He’s witnessing the behavior of this girl and his reactions seem to mimic what we as the audience are thinking and feeling. Not only this but comedic timing is on point. The killer is played by Adam Lesar and it’s evident that he did his homework studying the movement of famous slasher killers like Michael Myers and Ghostface, and he nails it. Finally we have our leading lady in Lily Berlina. In her mostly silent role, Berlina plays Janelle with great poise. She does an excellent job of using her facial expressions and body language in place of dialogue. There are moments where you’re laughing at her behavior and then suddenly rooting for her. I do think that even though it is a short film, it should have been slightly longer in order to develop Janelle a tad bit more, but it doesn’t hurt the film that terribly.

Night of the Slasher is a fun short film that Hamassion does a great job of paying tribute to horror and adding a fun touch with his direction and adapting this script to the screen. I’m very curious to see what he can do with a full length film at this point.

–Cody Landman

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From Worst to Best, Slasher Studios Revisits SCREAM

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It’s been five years since the release of Scream 4 so I figured I’d take a look at my ranking of the series and see if anything has changed. Truth be told, it has. This ranking isn’t going to be a popular opinion for sure and I want to get it right out in the open that I at least “like” each installment of the slasher series. It’s just that I happen to love two of the installments while merely “liking” the other two” Here it is…feel free to let me know what you think! Happy slashing everyone.

4. Scream 4 (2011)
Scream 4…what a five years it has been. When this sequel was originally released, I went back again and again and again to support what might end up being the last film in the horror franchise. I loved it and I wanted more. Watching it now, a half decade later, I find it to be a bit of a missed opportunity. The old characters, our “Woodsboro trio”, aren’t given nearly enough to do. The new cast, well, they are okay but they also aren’t given much to do. This is the kind of sequel that seems to hedge its bets right when it should be breaking all the rules. Side note: Allison Brie is fantastic as Sidney’s publicist Rebecca BUT….think of how great this could have been if she’s been Gale’s publicist trying to rebrand her for the social media public of 2011? Once again, it’s fine, but still a missed opportunity.

3. Scream 3 (2000)
Scream 3 is the kind of movie that has a lot of great ideas mixed in with a few mediocre ideas. The film spends far too much time with Sidney away from the group, alone in the cabin. The supernatural “visions” of her dead mother are also silly and out-of-place in the world of this slasher series. That being said, Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers has never been better. Given a bitter rival to play against, played by a deliciously witty Parker Posey, she shines in every single scene that she is given. Overall, I think Scream 3 is a fun film that’s actually a bit underrated. It isn’t perfect but the stuff that works, pretty much any scene with Posey, makes it a lot better than it has any right to be.

2. Scream (1996)
Scream made horror movies scary again with a brilliantly constructed plot. One year after the death of Sidney Prescott’s (Campbell) mother, two students turn up gutted. When a serial killer appears, Sidney begins to suspect whether her mother’s death and the two new deaths are related. No one is safe, as the killer begins to pick everyone off one by one. Finally, something the horror genre was missing: a good old fashioned murder mystery. The performances all around are first rate from Neve Campbell as the vulnerable to Courteney Cox as the bitchy journalist willing to do whatever it takes to get a story Gale Weathers to David Arquette as the sweet, slightly dimwitted Deputy Dewey to Drew Barrymore’s doomed Casey Becker.

1. Scream 2 (1997)
Although at times I feel as though I am in the minority, I truly believe that “Scream 2” is the best film in the Scream franchise. This is that rare sequel that takes everything that works about its predecessor and manages to take it to another level. The deaths are suspenseful, the characters are charming and likable, and the twist ending works better than it has any right to. I also truly believe that this is some of Craven’s finest directing and the “cop car” scene is a hide-your-eyes-behind-your-fingers chiller of a scene. More than that, this film is just a hell of a lot of fun from beginning to end.

Christmas in July Countdown: FREE DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS DVD With T-Shirt Purchase

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We want to celebrate a Christmas in July with the slasher fans out there, so we now have a killer deal! From now until July 1st, purchase a Dismembering Christmas t-shirt and you’ll receive a FREE Dismembering Christmas DVD with your purchase (regularly $15). This special will only last until July 1st so make sure to get yours soon. Once these shirts are gone, so is the sale!

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DVD Extras include:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Cast/Crew Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer


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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Austin Bosley (THE PRODUCER) Interview

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On a brand new special episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, Slasher Studios will be chatting with writer/director Austin Bosley about his brand new film, THE PRODUCER. Austin previously directed DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS for Slasher Studios and we know his latest film is going to be one hell of a horrific treat.

Want to become a backer and support indie? Check out the Indiegogo page for the film & make sure to also pick up Austin’s first feature on limited edition VHS & DVD.